Rich and creamy Rice Pudding with mango is our dessert of the day. Here are simple directions with step by step pictures for simple comfort food that will soon become your favorite option for a quick dessert! None of us like to let food go to waste and ideally I cook just the right amount for my family.
But estimates go wrong every now and then. When I end up with too much rice and not sure what to do with it, a recipe such as the Rice Pudding with Mangoes comes in as a lifesaver. This way I never have to cringe at the food that is tossed. Freezing food can be an option sometimes but unfortunately, that does not work for rice!
If there is any leftover rice in your kitchen and you are not sure what you can do with it, try this simple coconut rice pudding with mango. Pairing mangoes and coconut are quite common in Indian (and Thai) recipes and this is yet another delicious way to enjoy the tropical flavor rush from mangoes with coconut milk.
Rice Pudding is one dish you can enjoy at almost any time of the year. Even if you do not have fresh summer mangoes, you can use mango purees to enjoy them all round the year. I have prepared this rice pudding in all ways you can imagine...over the stovetop, with the Instant Pot, with fresh mangoes, and with puree.
And I have included step by step directions for both the methods, so you don't have to look anywhere else!
My kids loved it for the taste and how easy it is to prepare this. My daughter is so fascinated with the simplicity that she is planning to prepare this for Father’s day. With as little ingredients that are required for this, you can prepare this for Father’s day too!
What are the main ingredients for rice pudding
For the creamy and delicious mango rice pudding, you need
And almond milk
You could skip the almond milk altogether and use water instead or even substitute it with any other plant-based milk too. Other options for a vegan rice pudding include coconut milk or oat milk.
Tips to make the best rice pudding with mangoes
- If you are using canned coconut milk instead of fresh coconut milk, be sure to check the expiration dates. Fresher coconuts bring the best taste.
- Jasmine rice is perfect rice for this recipe, but you could also use Thai sticky rice or arborio rice.
- You could also use jaggery or maple syrup as a sugar substitute if you so prefer.
- Saffron gives nice color and a bursting flavor to the pudding, but it is totally optional.
- A pinch of cardamom powder gives the touch of classic Indian dessert, but again that is optional too.
Rice pudding on the stovetop
If you wish to make rice pudding with mango over the stovetop, you have to cook the rice separately. I usually cook the rice in an instant pot or pressure cooker. Once you ready with your rice, place a pan over medium heat and add almond milk, water, coconut milk, sugar. Cook until it starts to boil.
Then add saffron and cardamom powder. Once everything appears mixed and consistent, add the cooked rice with a pinch of salt.
Mix well and if necessary, add more water or milk to get your preferred consistency. Turn the heat off and let it cool down a little bit while the flavors infuse the steamed rice.
Now, add the chopped mangoes and give it a nice stir. Serve the mango rice pudding warm or cold.
Method for leftover rice
If you have leftover rice that you are trying to salvage, just substitute the freshly steamed rice with the leftover rice. What better way to surprise your kids or husband with a nice bowl of mango pudding dessert!
Instant pot Coconut Rice Pudding
Coconut rice pudding is even easier with the Instant pot pressure cooker. Just one pot to clean after you are done! Isn’t that awesome? My daughter is now learning how to cook in an instant pot. So I thought this would be an easy and sweet recipe for her age.
Before you begin, make sure that the lid and the sealing ring of the Instant Pot are completely clean and dry with no residues.
To the inner pot of your Instant Pot, add all the ingredients one by one, except for chopped mangoes.
Stir well and press the ‘Pressure Cook’ button. Set the time to 5 minutes. Check to make sure that the pressure valve is in the ‘sealing’ position.
At the end of 5 minutes, let the pressure release naturally.
The pudding will continue to thicken as it cools down. You could add more milk to get your preferred pudding consistency.
Add the chopped mangoes and serve rice pudding warm or cold.
I hope you try this today and your pudding turns out wonderful as mine did!
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Here are the recipe details….
Rice Pudding With Mango
- Before you begin, make sure that the lid and the sealing ring of the Instant Pot are completely clean and dry with no residues.
- To the inner pot of your Instant Pot, add all the ingredients one by one, with the exception of chopped mangoes.
- Stir well and press the ‘Pressure Cook’ button. Set the timer to 5 minutes and make sure that the pressure valve is in the ‘sealing’ position.
- At the end of 5 minutes, let the pressure release naturally.
- The pudding will continue to thicken as it cools down.
- Add a little more milk to get your preferred consistency.
- Now, add the chopped mangoes and serve rice pudding warm or cold.
- Use any other plant-based milk in place of almond milk.
- If you don’t have fresh mangoes, you can use ½ cup of mango pulp.
- Add the mango pulp at the end just like mango cubes. Mix well and enjoy it.
- Check above for the stovetop method.
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